UNAIR NEWS – Commemorating National Nutrition Day 2018, Faculty of Public Health (FKM) Universitas Airlangga through a nutrition department held a talk show on stunting prevention through nutrition counseling and community healthy living movement at the meeting hall of Keputih Urban Village on Wednesday, January 31. The activity that was organized by FKM UNAIR and Keputih Community Health Center and Keputih Urban Community Office was attended by pregnant women in the area.
Coordinator of Nutrition Science Program Lailatul Muniroh, S. KM., M. Kes., stated that besides as a commemoration of National Nutrition Day, the activity was aimed to provide knowledge about the importance of nutrition fulfillment to pregnant women, especially to prevent the occurrence of stunting, a condition where children experiencing malnutrition that leads to growth disorders so that children are shorter compared to other children of the same age.
“The focus is on the attitude of pregnant women to the first thousand days of life or 1000 HPK. That is, the handling of the fetus nine months in the womb until birth to two years later, it can even start since before pregnancy, ” she explained. “Nine months means 270 days. Then, two years equals 730 days, ” she added.
She also added that stunting could happen due to a lack of fulfillment of children’s nutritional intake, even since it was still in the womb. The condition is due to less nutritional intake during pregnancy in quantity and quality so that the nutrition received by the fetus is a little. As a result, the growth of the fetus in the womb disrupted and it continues even after birth.
To prevent the occurrence of stunting, she continued, can actually be done since before marriage. Maternal nutrition before pregnancy should be maintained, from the nutritional intake to overall health.
In an activity that was also attended by Secretary of Keputih Putut, SH, and Head of Keputih Public Health Center, drg. Dwiana Boediastika with the staffs, in addition to talk show, there was also a gymnastics for pregnant women, counseling or nutrition consultation for pregnant women by the lecturers of Nutrition Science Program FKM UNAIR.
As the speaker in the talk show, Dr. Sri Sumarmi, S. KM., M.Si., revealed that in society, differences in physical conditions in infants or children are considered as normal or common symptoms when it is actually a problem.
“Nutritional intake becomes a factor that affects the physical condition in infants,” she said. “Therefore, pregnant women should pay close attention to their nutritional intake to avoid stunting. So, the baby can be born with good health conditions, ” she added. (*)
Author: Feri Fenoria
Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh